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Traditional Blacksmithing: Make a Campfire Poker

  • Mar 29, 2014 · 1:00 PM
  • Carl's Blacksmith Shop

Join us for our series on traditional blacksmithing, a hands-on exploration of the trade where wrought iron or steel is forged--shaped into useful objects by way of intense heat and much pounding! This exhilarating workshop is held in a true traditional blacksmith's shop, complete with multiple forges, anvils, tongs, hammers and much more.

During this workshop, you will forge a very useful campfire sized poker from a length of 3/8 square bar stock. Add different decorative twists, tip configurations, and handle styles. Forging processes in this workshop will include drawing out, and twisting.

Carl Plehaty has been blacksmithing since 1977, when he attended the blacksmithing school taught by Slim Spurling at Skunk Hollow Forge in Morrison, CO. After graduating in 1978, he joined several blacksmithing organizations, SWABA and ABANA, and continued learning the craft, participating in several workshop projects with Francis Whitaker, among others. He then became a founding member of Rocky Mtn. Smiths, serving as Treasurer and member of the Board of Directors. Interested in the historical aspects of blacksmithing as well, Carl has been actively involved in many period and first person interpretation events at national black powder rendezvous, Bent’s Fort, the Walker Ranch in Boulder, Homestead City in Aurora, Boulder Museum of History, the LMOW Camp of Instruction in Oregon, and others.

Carl is currently the blacksmithing class instructor for Tara, a Waldorf school in Boulder, where he has taught the craft to 9th through 12th grade students, since 1999. After a long and very rewarding professional career as a senior engineer at Ball Aerospace, from 1968 to 2008, he is now retired and is blacksmithing and teaching the craft full time at his home and shop in Erie, CO.

This workshop is offered by the Living Arts School, a folk school in Boulder County.

No experience necessary. All materials provided. All participants will leave with the campfire poker they forged. For participants ages 18 and older, maximum of 6 participants. Pre-registration is required. Participants at all LAS workshops are required to sign a liability waiver and an image release as a part of our "Peace and No Worries" policy. Thank you for your understanding.

Cost: $65 + $15 Materials Fee = $80

Please Note: We thank you for your RSVP on Meetup, however we will not be able to save your spot in this workshop unless you complete your registration by visiting: or calling[masked]-4406. Thank you for your understanding!

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  • Elizabeth

    Only two spots left! Any last minute takers?

    March 27, 2014

  • Elizabeth

    Hi Jeff & Arina, We're going to have to cancel this workshop if we don't have at least one more official registration by the end of Wednesday. If either of you is wanting to attend, now would be the moment to register either by calling[masked], or at this link: Thanks!

    March 25, 2014

  • Shaun

    Will you be offering this class next month?

    March 23, 2014

    • Elizabeth

      Hi Shaun, We will be offering a similar workshop: Traditional Blacksmithing: Make a Toasting Fork--which is a 4 hr workshop, instead of 3 hours. You can learn more at this link: http://www.livingarts...­

      March 24, 2014

    • Shaun

      Very cool. I'm actually interested in learning all I can about the art of blacksmithing. I'm so looking forward to this. Thanks a bunch for offering these classes.

      1 · March 24, 2014

  • Jeff


    March 24, 2014

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